Kale, Carrot and Blueberry Superfood Smoothie Bowl

Superfood Smoothie Bowl

I posted on Instagram recently that I’ve been eating these smoothie bowls for breakfast or lunch lately and I feel so good after eating them.  I just had to share because they are jam-packed with nutrition, tasty, satisfying, and it doesn’t get much easier than throwing things in a blender.  This can be a great weekday breakfast you can whip up before work and really set yourself up for a good food day.  And seriously, I feel like I’m glowing after eating one of these so it’s been easy to make almost every day.

Superfood Smoothie Bowl

I have a tendency to buy anything labeled as a “superfood” – chia seeds, hemp seeds, bee pollen, moringa powder, hemp protein powder, grassfed gelatin, you name it – but then I don’t always know what to do with these wonderful things and often times they sit, totally unwilling to provide me the great benefits they tout through osmosis (go figure).  So one day, I threw a bunch of them together in a smoothie, and the results were quite satisfying.

Superfood Smoothie Bowl

I read once about how putting smoothies in a bowl and eating like soup forces you to slow down and not eat so quickly, allowing you to feel more satisfied and full.  I’ve noticed before when I drink smoothies I don’t necessarily feel like I’ve had a “meal”, but doing it this way, especially with the addition of crunchies like walnuts, cashews, and shredded coconut on top, definitely feels like a satisfying meal.

Superfood Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

As with any smoothies, the combination possibilities are endless.  That’s why I love these so much.  I usually try to keep a base of 2 cups dark, leafy greens, plus one more vegetable, at least one fruit, and then go crazy with the add-ins.  I bought some aloe vera juice recently because it is supposed to be so good for digestion and immune function, but that stuff, honestly, tastes nasty.  So, in to the smoothie it goes!  Same with unflavored hemp protein powder and bee pollen.  Alone those two are veryearthy (pretty gross), but you can’t taste it in a smoothie.

Superfood Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

Here is a brief rundown of the benefits of each ingredient in case you’re curious (skip to the bottom for the recipe if you’re not interested):

  • Kale – High in fiber, antioxidants, iron (more iron per ounce than beef), Vitamin K, protein (for a vegetable), low in calories, and because of it’s organosulfur compounds, has been known to help fight cancer.
  • Carrots – Excellent source of Vitamins A, C, E, and K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, and of course the antioxidant beta-carotene which makes it orange.
  • Banana – High in potassium, fiber, Vitamins C and B6, and manganese (along with smaller amounts of other vitamins, minerals, and amino acids), plus aids in digestion.
  • Blueberries – Super high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals the blueberry has been shown to have positive effects for cardiovascular and cognitive systems, reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, protect against stroke and reduce oxidative stress.
  • Hemp Seed Protein Powder – If you buy the right kind (I like this one), it’s a good way to get an extra serving of protein without questionable ingredients.  It’s just clean, ground hemp seeds.  No dairy products like whey protein has and no need to wonder or worry about where the milk comes from and if it’s been grass fed, given hormones and antibiotics, etc.  The plain powder also contains no additives like sugar or flavorings.
  • Chia Seeds – These tiny seeds pack a punch.  They’re high in Omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorous, manganese, protein, fiber, and has  been shown to stabilize blood sugar (helping those with diabetes) and help you feel full faster.
  • Bee Pollen – Bee pollen is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight.  It also comes packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that have been shown to improve energy, cardiovascular function, digestion and some even say it can be used to help treat addiction since supposedly inhibits cravings and can be a great tool for weight management.
  • Aloe Vera Juice – Supposed to be great for digestion, immune function, and blood circulation.
  • Coconut Water – Low in calories, more potassium than four bananas, more electrolytes than any sports drink, and super hydrating.
  • Shredded coconut – Protein, fiber, iron, and zinc.  But mostly it just tastes really good on top.  :)
  • Walnuts – Full of healthy fats, these are proven to be great for the heart, immune system, brain, bone, and breast health, digestion, skin and hair.
  • Cashews – Another source of healthy fats, cashews are also great for skin, hair, and nails as well as rich in iron, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium and zinc. They are also good sources of phytochemicals, antioxidants, and protein.

Of course, as with any food or supplements, there is always going to be conflicting information or reasons not to consume any of the above, so do your own research and do what you like.

Superfood Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

Also, don’t feel the need to go out and buy all these different powders and superfood supplements if you don’t want to.  Just go with what you have or what’s easily available and incorporate whatever you want.  You can put pretty much anything in smoothies.  Here’s what I put in this one:

Kale, Carrot and Blueberry Superfood Smoothie Bowl

2 cups kale, packed

1 carrot

1 banana

1/2 cup blueberries (frozen are good here)

3 T. hemp seed protein powder

2 T. chia seeds

1 T. bee pollen

3/4 cup coconut water

1/4 cup aloe vera juice

Combine everything in blender until smooth, add a bit of honey or other natural sweetener if necessary, pour in to a bowl and top with:

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1 T. walnuts (raw)

1 T. cashews (raw)

Always buy organic if you can, especially for kale and blueberries since they are shown to be among the most toxic when pesticides are used.  Which is crazy because it’s like, completely ruining all of the amazing health benefits those foods contain by spraying nasty and harmful chemicals all over them.


Weekend Pretties

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Frankie modeling the new rug I picked up for my office yesterday…weekend pretties 2-7-14

and the runner I also scored for the hallway (as a hardwood floor-phobic dog, he’s very happy for the new additions).
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Our Eames lounger (reproduction, obvi) finally arrived this week!  Our living room finally feels like it’s coming together.
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weekend pretties 2-7-14Love is in the air (and on my walls; another print from Caravan Shoppe).

This week was so good.  Parker’s been terribly sick with “The Man Cold” (sarcastic emphasis on the terribly part) so he’s stayed home the past three days and let me take care of him.  It’s been nice having him around (even if he is pretty pitiful).  We also found out some exciting news that I can’t WAIT to share with you guys in a bit.  And yesterday I scored majorly at Scott Antique Market.  I got those two rugs, both handmade wool Persians from Iran for $400 total ($300 for the big one, $100 for the runner).  I couldn’t believe the deal I got (bat those eyelashes, ladies!  It works!).  Later, as I was leaving, I saw another runner, same size and style,  from a different seller that I liked and asked how much it cost – she said $350!  I showed her my rug and told her I got it for $100 and she couldn’t believe the guy had let it go for so little.  She said, “Hang on to it, you got an incredible deal.”  Yes!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  We plan on interviewing a couple of contractors to hopefully start renovating the bathrooms soon (and finish that *%&#ing kitchen! hah :) ).  Here are some fun links to browse through that I found interesting this week.

Hilarious look at being a blogger (so much truth in this!).

Jenny is the queen of getting good deals on vintage furniture – check out her tips (not one involves batting eyelashes, so obviously I could learn a thing or two, haha).

How to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew (thanks, Dad!).

Valentine cards for those of you that love corny puns like I do.

National flags made from each country’s traditional foods. (Umm, America.  Let’s step it up.)

Kind of freaking out over how awesome this macrame curtain is and how perfect it is for our closet.

A real life Jim and Dwight (from The Office, in case you didn’t get the reference). I don’t know if this is real or not, but I laughed so it’s worth sharing.

I can’t wait for figs to come back in season so I can make this salad.

How to pronounce designer names.

Beautiful street art.

Russel Brand wrote a beautiful and powerful essay about heroin addiction.

And speaking of heroin (words I never thought I’d write on this blog), I was so upset to learn about the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.  But to end this post on a positive note, let’s watch this clip from one of my favorite movies that still makes me cry-laugh, even though I’ve seen it a hundred times.

“White chocolate!” “Rain dance!” “Let it rain!” Kills me.

Y’all have a good weekend.  xoxo-Katy


Watercolor Your Photographs in Seconds

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A few days ago, Instagram was abuzz with news of a really cool new app called Waterlogue that turns your photos into watercolor paintings in just seconds.  I have been obsessed ever since.  Here are some of my photos, all taken from my Instagram, and their watercolor counterparts.

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Waterlogue App - turns photos in to watercolor drawings

Waterlogue App - turns photos in to watercolor drawings

And because I’m too lazy to do collages for all of them, the rest are just the watercolor effects.  But you get the idea!

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Painted in Waterlogue

Some of them are better than others, but overall, I think this app is great!  I’m really interested to have some printed out on thick watercolor paper to see if they would be realistic in person.  If so, what a great an inexpensive way to get some art on your walls.  I think I’ll try it and report back.

A couple of things I’ve noticed about this app: it doesn’t do people really well, like faces and hands so I wouldn’t really try to take pictures of your kids or wedding and make them watercolor because it just looks computer generated and weird.  But silhouettes and more abstract poses are great.  Also, the photo needs to have a lot of color, or at least not be mostly light colored for it to work well.  The sketch lines are pretty artificial looking right now (maybe a future update will fix it), so if the photograph has too many light colors, the app has to rely on the sketch lines for the image to be readable and it doesn’t turn out so great.

What do you think?  Have you tried this app yet?  It’s $3 which is kind of a lot for an app, but then look at what it does!  If you plan on actually printing out your watercolored pictures, I think it’s totally worth it.

You can download the app Waterlogue in the app store.


Torturing Myself (My Terrain Wishlist)

Why do I do this to myself?  I have everything I could ever need in life, I keep trying to downsize and be mindful of the “stuff” I bring in to my home, and yet, somehow I black out and find myself clicking away on Terrain, my most favorite site for home and garden things treasures.  Oh well, I’m a dreamer, what can say. Here are the things I’m currently lusting over right now.

Terrain goodies

1. Apple of My Eye Tea Towel | 2. Skip a Beat Tea Towel (seriously, how cute are these tea towels?!) | 3. Acacia Wood Cake Stand | 4. Organic Cotton Scrub Cloths (can be thrown in the dishwasher and reused for years!) | 5. For making dishwashing pretty: Vegetable Scrubber, Beechwood Bottle Brush, and Dish Brush | 6. Glaze Dipped Ceramics

PS – Did I ever tell you guys the story of how I went completely crazy in the actual Terrain store, grabbing everything I could fit in my basket and spentI can’t even say how much, it’s shameful.  At my old job I used to have to fly up to Philadelphia several times a year, to the same place always, and on my second to last visit I was driving along and discovered their flagship store was literally across the street from my hotel.  All that time!  So I knew I had to seize the opportunity and throw some hard earned cash down immediately, and figure out later how it would all get home with me on the airplane.  It was amazing.